WINDSOR INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE 2014
WRITING ACROSS BOUNDARIES
JOIN US IN WINDSOR, ONTARIO, CANADA
FOR AN INTENSE, FUN-FILLED FOUR DAYS
November 13th-16th, 2014 at St. Clair Centre for the Arts in downtown Windsor
VALUABLE FOR PUBLISHED AUTHORS AND BEGINNERS ALIKE
Who will be there? Some of the best, award-winning writers around! HERE ARE SOME OF OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
We look forward to seeing you at the friendliest and liveliest writers’ conference around. You’ll have the chance to meet other writers, and learn the craft – tricks of the trade. We’ll explore the ethics of writing and how to tell a really good story. We’ll also examine writing for minorities and cultures. Be inspired by the best of the best authors in the business. And, we’ll have some publishers and agents hanging around, just in case you might want to meet them as well.
Also available: Pre-conference, low-cost, intensive round-tables with two panel discussions and two sessions with peers, agents and/or publishers and editors.CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW
Keep checking our list of speakers, agents and publishers. It grows every day.
What to expect? We start on Thursday evening at 7 pm with our first featured speaker and a Welcome reception and Greet & Meet. We’ll just keep on going until Sunday at noon. Tons of schmoozing and networking with like-minded, passionate writers and people who can help advance a writing career. Panel discussions, keynote speakers, breakout sessions….and a lot of exciting surprises!
Here’s something to whet your appetite: Windsor has over 130 ethnicities. Our first class chef is already thinking of some very interesting lunches and dinners for us with that little fact in mind. Anyone up for tasting something exotic?
Did we mention there will be a book store, book signings, special events, social gatherings, glorious skyline views along the Detroit River, poetry happenings, and a little entertainment on the side? We will also have exhibitions to stimulate your writer’s mind.
From the moment you arrive in our wonderful city you become part of our family. Just leave your worries behind you, chill out — and above all get ready to be inspired, get creative and write!
Conference Registration fee includes all keynote speaker events, breakout sessions, three continental breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, an opening night reception, a Welcome to Windsor goodie bag, unlimited networking and a lot more!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW
We have some AWESOME News: Bruce Cameron will be our opening night keynote speaker. His books include: 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Daughter, Dogs of Christmas, A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey etc., many of them on the NYT bestseller list. 8 Rules for Dating my Daughter was a TV series starring the late John Ritter. His writing is smart, sensitive and wonderful.
Also, Gordon Kirkland has offered to do several private sessions with writers and their first few pages. Register for the conference and then send us those pages. We’ll forward them to him!
Did you know that we have over a dozen (!!) agents, publishers and editors attending the Windsor International Writers Conference in November. They will all be leaders at the Intensive Roundtables during the pre-conference day activities and listening to the first five hundred words of your stories. Some of them will be on panels discussing what makes a killer query letter and their pet peeves about clients. Many are staying for the entire conference so you can chat with them. Sign up now! Space is limited for the pre-conference. We also have Chuck Sambuchini, Writers Digest’s maven on query letters. He has graciously volunteered to read and edit ten query letters while he’s around so send them in! Aaaaand, Gord Kirkland has offered to read the first 500 words of several submissions as well!
CONTESTS! CONTESTS! CONTESTS!
Well, okay, there are only three contests for this conference, but they’re fun.
#1 OPENING PARAGRAPH
After you’ve registered for the conference, send us your opening paragraph to your manuscript – no more than 70 words. Our judges will decide on the top fifteen and then at OPEN MIKE #1 we’ll have the finalists read them. Winners will be announced on Sunday.
#2 POETRY, POETRY, POETRY
After you’ve registered for the conference, send us your poems –no more than two minutes per poet. Our poetic judges will decide on the top fifteen and then at OPEN MIKE #2 the finalists will read their work. Winners will be announced on the Sunday.
#3 THE MASTERFUL SHORT STORY: The Alistair MacLeod award
After you’ve registered for the conference, submit a short story –no more than a thousand words. Our mavens of story will judge and announce the winners on Sunday.
Surprise Special! After registering for the conference send in your query letters. The first ten will be given to our Keynote speaker, Chuck Sambochini the maven of mavens of Query letters, who has graciously agreed to meet with these lucky ten for fifteen minutes each and critique their letter. An incredible opportunity!
Windsor Conference Accommodations
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